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I hollowed out the foam from under the V berth.  I entered froml the side first, and found that it was almost impossible to work in there, so I then entered from the top.  Glad I did both.  Used Tempress hatches.  The first set were
I hollowed out the foam from under the V berth. I entered froml the side first, and found that it was almost impossible to work in there, so I then entered from the top. Glad I did both. Used Tempress hatches. The first set were "slam" catchs, and due to the very slight curved of the wall, they would not stay closed. So they ended up on top, and "cam" latches on the vertical sides.
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I removed the water tank from under the dinette seat and replaced it with a fabric
I removed the water tank from under the dinette seat and replaced it with a fabric "bag" tank under the port V berth. Water suppy is from the same filler cap, but now a longer hose runs along the side of the hull, thru the front dinette seat to the tank location. From there a smaller line goes to the foot pump. Later edit=, bag leaked so went with a smaller hard tank of about 12 gallons. *
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Under sink storage.  These baskets are from a hardware store storage supplies.  They are made to slide on to a shelf.  I had to cut notches in the facing of the shelf to get them to fit.  
In the bottom I epoxied vertical
Under sink storage. These baskets are from a hardware store storage supplies. They are made to slide on to a shelf. I had to cut notches in the facing of the shelf to get them to fit.
In the bottom I epoxied vertical "walls" to divide the storage. We found this still offers a lot of flexibility. The roll of paper towels on a dispenser on the shelf in front of the two hose outlets is an eye distraction. It goes in its base holder above a window.
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Two Bears in
Two Bears in "living mode". Note that cabnet door is missing and is now a flat work surface on top of helm seat. Walls and ceiling have been lined with indoor/ outdoor carpet to 1) reduce condensation, and 2) to hold Velcro based pockets and LED lights
We purchased plastic baskets to sit on shelves which helps with organization under the sink.
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Two Bears in boating mode.  Cabinet door is now a sheet of plywood covering the under sink area.  The arm of the helm seat is off as we found it it often in the way of getting in and out of the
Two Bears in boating mode. Cabinet door is now a sheet of plywood covering the under sink area. The arm of the helm seat is off as we found it it often in the way of getting in and out of the "fridge" and of the helm seat. This floor covering is now gone. We have gone to carpet runner floor covering (from our local hardware store) and change it yearly. Just visible behind and to right of the helm seat are several "pockets" held to wall with Velcro. They hold keys, wallet, & misc small items.
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Another view of Two bears in travel mode.  The plastic box on the floor stores
Another view of Two bears in travel mode. The plastic box on the floor stores "chips" and as a foot stool for our feet when sitting sideways at the dinette and facing sideways/ forward.
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Weather station.  Outside reader is mounted under a cockpit rim.
Weather station. Outside reader is mounted under a cockpit rim.
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Overhead storage above center windshield.  With the original open shelf we were always being
Overhead storage above center windshield. With the original open shelf we were always being "bombed" by stuff falling from the over head bin. I lowered the shelf by inserting a 2x2 and using longer bolts. The front cover, or door is a piece of 1/4 ply held in place with wing nuts. See next photo for the closed position view. The blue "headliner" lining was our test for the headline fabric. It worked well, but my application was poor so we had a professional do whole cabin interior with a golden brown headliner fabric.
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Overhead storage in closed position.  Wing nuts alow it to be locked in place.
Most of inside of boat is covered w/ headliner/ indoor/ outdoor carpet which serves two purposes:  Insulation and condensensation prevention, and something velcro
Overhead storage in closed position. Wing nuts alow it to be locked in place.
Most of inside of boat is covered w/ headliner/ indoor/ outdoor carpet which serves two purposes: Insulation and condensensation prevention, and something velcro "hooks" will cling to.
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Access from ground.  We tried several methods of getting in the boat when
Access from ground. We tried several methods of getting in the boat when "boater-homing" but none worked well with my wife's short legs. Finally this step stool and the swim step worked best. See next photo on the necessary "bridge".
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"Bridge over the splash-well from the swim step to the cockpit of boat. 3/4" plywood, epoxied & painted. Green paint has sharp silica sand for traction. Bridge must be kept slid to outside when boating. You can see crunch on white edge where hydrolic steering arm crunched it when it moved too far to the center of the boat. Note large "Sierra" fuel filter. Filter which came with boat gave problems and left me to be towed in one time. I replaced the original filter with this inexpensive one that still filters out water. I replace filter canister yearly and no problem for last 6 years.
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"Bridge" view from cockpit of boat.
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"Bridge on edge showing underside and wood piece that keeps it in place.
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It seems to me most boats are inadequately tied down to trailer.  I'm the 3rd owner, and the boat came to me with three tie downs: 1) the bow chain to the winch and two tired straps on the back that went to the frame.  They kept the boat from sliding off the trailer, but the only thing keeping the boat from going forward in a sudden (or worse) stop was the winch post.  I added a ring to the frame and add two winch straps to the center of the boat that should keep it going forward very far.
It seems to me most boats are inadequately tied down to trailer. I'm the 3rd owner, and the boat came to me with three tie downs: 1) the bow chain to the winch and two tired straps on the back that went to the frame. They kept the boat from sliding off the trailer, but the only thing keeping the boat from going forward in a sudden (or worse) stop was the winch post. I added a ring to the frame and add two winch straps to the center of the boat that should keep it going forward very far. *
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The boat came with two straps that went from the same eye hook on the trailer frame to eye bolts on the bak of the boat at the same elevation as my home port Orofino.  It did not seem to me they would do much to hold the boat on the trailer in a big highway bump, so I went to the clete as shown.  I considered a strap that would wrap across the whole cockpit from one side to the other with just one large winch. I rejected that because using the boat for camping (boater-homing
The boat came with two straps that went from the same eye hook on the trailer frame to eye bolts on the bak of the boat at the same elevation as my home port Orofino. It did not seem to me they would do much to hold the boat on the trailer in a big highway bump, so I went to the clete as shown. I considered a strap that would wrap across the whole cockpit from one side to the other with just one large winch. I rejected that because using the boat for camping (boater-homing") you would need to remove it to get in the boat.
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I ran without the yellow rope until I hit a highway bump at freeway speed and the bow rose up and off the winch roller.  You can see how the roller is distorted from riding that way for unknown number of miles until I spotted it.  I now have a strong tie to the frame.
I ran without the yellow rope until I hit a highway bump at freeway speed and the bow rose up and off the winch roller. You can see how the roller is distorted from riding that way for unknown number of miles until I spotted it. I now have a strong tie to the frame.
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DSCN1233 *
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We tried four helm seats.
We tried four helm seats.
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Helm Seat turned to aisle is used for extra seating when guests visit for Dock Tails.
Foot support is an RV step which is normally allows stepping from swim step.

Helm Seat turned to aisle is used for extra seating when guests visit for Dock Tails.
Foot support is an RV step which is normally allows stepping from swim step.
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Tractor Seat Box.  Seat was about $100 at local tractor store.
Tractor Seat Box. Seat was about $100 at local tractor store.
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Tractor seat box.  Seat slides forward to lower back flat.  I'm 6' & 200 lbs & have always had trouble getting legs under wheel.  This is no different, but much more comfortable for extended periods.
Tractor seat box. Seat slides forward to lower back flat. I'm 6' & 200 lbs & have always had trouble getting legs under wheel. This is no different, but much more comfortable for extended periods.
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Traveling some interesting roads
We love the Electric over hydraulic brakes which allow you to reach down and apply trailer brakes without applying truck brakes.  Also, you can adjust the amount of break action from hard stop = skidding & smoking tires to just a bit of bite.
Traveling some interesting roads
We love the Electric over hydraulic brakes which allow you to reach down and apply trailer brakes without applying truck brakes. Also, you can adjust the amount of break action from hard stop = skidding & smoking tires to just a bit of bite.
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Garmin 740 Chart plotter w/ Radar in
Garmin 740 Chart plotter w/ Radar in "Overlay" mode.
The radar is in \"Overlay\" mode and shows as orange on the screen. Inter-coastal waterway Florida entering the St John River. We found the radar could often pick up navigation buoys before our eye could find them. Very confidence building in strange waters.
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Two sets of bumpers.  
The Red bumpers balls, one behind Penny\'s leg,  are on a short fixed tether and have snaps that go to cleats.  Good for many docks.  The green longer bumpers are on a longer line and need to be tied to fit where needed.  Some docks are too high or two low and sometimes you raft to a larger boat.
Two sets of bumpers.
The Red bumpers balls, one behind Penny\'s leg, are on a short fixed tether and have snaps that go to cleats. Good for many docks. The green longer bumpers are on a longer line and need to be tied to fit where needed. Some docks are too high or two low and sometimes you raft to a larger boat.
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